Argentina Reaches Agreement with Syria on Nuclear Materials

Argentina has signed an agreement to provide Syria with nuclear materials, but Argentine officials stress that the isotopes will only be used for medical research.

“This act is not related to any further sales of Argentine nuclear technology or materials to Syria, and particularly to any future sale of a nuclear reactor,” according to the Argentine Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Last month, amid reports that Argentina was planning to sell a nuclear reactor to Syria, Israeli officials urged Argentine Foreign Minister Guido di Tella not to proceed with the sale.

Di Tella, on a visit to Israel at the time, said that Argentina would not do anything to compromise the prospects for Middle East peace.

A high-level diplomatic and scientific Syrian delegation arrived in Buenos Aires on Aug. 13 to begin talks about possible transfers of nuclear technology.

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